Carnaval in Austin is one of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil. Brasileiro-style samba, costumes, and wild abandon can all be seen in the heart of Texas
When it comes to ‘dress up’ occasions in Austin, there’s nothing to match the time and energy that goes into the preparation for Carnaval. The pre-Lenten festivity combines Mardi Gras madness with the non-stop Brazilian beat of the sensual samba, transposing a Rio de Janeiro-style celebration to downtown Austin. Carnaval is a sort of dance-happy Halloween for adults that infuses a concentrated burst of hot and steamy tropical energy into the usually dormant winter months. It has become one of Austin’s most beloved entertainment institutions, and the city’s premier event for festive fashions and just plain weird wardrobing.